Rockin’ Country Church
The Rockin’ Country Church has moved. Its new location is 737
North Seven Points Blvd. in Seven Points (S.H. 274). Sunday
service starts at 10 a.m. Bring a camping chair and a friend.
For more information, please call Pastor Woody at (214)
Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scout Recruitment date, time and locations are as follows:
• Kaufman area recruitment at Kaufman County Library from 6-8
p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
• Kemp area recruitment will be held at Kemp First United
Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
• Crandall area recruitment will be held at First United
Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.
Square Dance Lessons
Square dance lessons will be taught by the Log Cabin Square
Dance Club start from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continue each
Monday at the Promenade Hall at 1210 North Tool Drive on Highway
274 in Tool. First and second lessons are free. Come check us
out for fun, fitness and fellowship. For more information, call
Faye at (903) 340-9672.
Rootseekers Genealogical Society
Rootseekers Genealogical Society will hold their next meeting at
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the Tri-County Library in downtown
Mabank. The guest speaker will be Harry Erb.
Kemp Crime Watch
The Kemp Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at
the Kemp City Hall. All Kemp residents are welcome. For
information call (903) 498-3191.
CCL Women’s Club Meeting
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club Executive Board will meet at 1
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Mabank Garden Club
The first meeting of the Mabank Garden Club for the new year
2011-12 has been set for 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at The
Tri-County Library in Mabank. The program will be “Colonial
Beauties, Modern Monsters.” The club is open to all women of the
community. For information, call (903) 451-4016.
Sarah Maples Chapter of DAR Meeting
The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution will meet at the Cedar Creek United Methodist Church
in Tool at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The speaker will be
retired Dean of the TVCC Palestine campus Charles Akin.
Register to vote
Gun Barrel City residents can register to vote at Brawner Hall 7
a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23. For more information, call Carroll Strickland
Free Health Seminar
A free health seminar on female heart disease will be held from
noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the community room at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman. For more
information or to register for the free event, call
Iris Society Sale
The Fort Worth Iris Society Iris Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center.
The Garden Center is located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in
Fort Worth. The event is free.
Four Mile Lutheran Church Sale
Four Mile Lutheran Women of ELCA will hold their annual yard and
bake sale Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 22-24. The sale will end at
noon on Saturday. The sale will be located at Four Mile Lutheran
Church in the Prairieville Community, two miles east of the
Prairieville Store at Hwy. 90 and VZ CR 2607. For more
information, call (903) 887-0833 or (903) 385-0017.
Casino Night for Cancer
Casino Night for Cancer will be hosted by the American Legion
Auxiliary in Gun Barrel City for Friday, Sept. 23. Hot Dog Bar
will open at 5 p.m. Various casino games will be from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. with an auction starting at 9 p.m. Proceeds will go to
Children’s Oncology, Bridge Breast Center and Cancer Research.
Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament
Join the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens for
a fun-filled day of trying to catch the biggest Bluegill. Fish
can be caught at TFFC or on Lake Athens. The tournament awards
prizes for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is
really about adults and children having fun fishing together.
The event will start from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at
the TFFC. Family teams are welcome. Call (903) 670-2266 for
details or to pre-register.
Cedar Creek Clean-up
The 13th annual Cedar Creek Clean-up will be held Saturday,
Sept. 24 at CR 4023 of Hwy. 274 South. Registration starts at 9
a.m. and volunteers will clean until 11 a.m. T-shirts will be
provided. Post clean-up party will be held at Tom Finley Park in
Gun Barrel City.
Do you doubt your Salvation?
There are many Christians who privately struggle with doubts
about their salvation. If you are struggling, there is help for
you at www.knowimsaved.com.
This is a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Mabank.
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 27 at the Cedar Creek Lake Country Club in Kemp. Doors
will open at 10 a.m. Judith Dyer will present the program on
“Customs of Dinner.”
The Avanti Singers will begin their new season at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29, in the choir room of the First United
Methodist Church in Mabank. An invitation is open for those
interested in musical entertainment and fellowship with other
singers. Contact Jean Robinson at (903) 451-3203 for booking a
program or joining.
Save the Date
The Njoy Foundation has secured top speakers to attend the
Resource Conference that relate to different disabilities. The
conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
1 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association Clubhouse,
located at 3400 Bryant Irving Road in Fort Worth.
For information, call (817) 917-2631.
October Fest 2011
Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will sponsor an October
Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Malakoff
Community Center, 503 N. Terry Street. Chicken dinners will be
available for dining in or take out with prepaid ticket. There
will be music, entertainment, donkey rides, a cake walk, silent
auction, games, bounce houses and a fishing booth. Call (903)
489-2366 for information.
Model Railroad Show
The 29th annual Model Railroad Show will be held
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9. at the LMRA facility at 3400 Bryant
Irvin Road in southwest Fort Worth. The show will be open from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Visitors will see modular model railroad displays of various
scales, tour the LMRA club’s 1200 square foot HO-scale model
railroad layout that is 90 percent complete. For information,
call (817) 732-7731.
Tri-County Library now has a book club. The “bookworms” will
meet on the second Friday of each month beginning Friday, Oct.
14. The club will meet at 10 a.m. in the Community Room.
Refreshments will be served and there are no membership fees.
For more information, call Madelyn Healey at (903) 880-3699.
AARP Driver Safety Course
A one-day AARP Driver Safety Program will be held from 1 p.m. to
5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in
The refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and over,
but is open to anyone. For more information, call Jean Dirks at
Cotton Row Run 5K Run/Walk
The Cotton Row Run 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 15 in Kerens. Registration will start at 7 a.m. Please
register by Saturday, Oct. 1.
For more information, please call (903) 872-6045 or visit
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County’s finances strengthened
Net revenue increases $4M; cash-on-hand at $3M
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–It’s been a tough year for Kaufman County department
heads, commissioners and judge, however belt-tightening measures
have paid off.
“We should have our head above water at the end of the fiscal
year (Sept. 30, 2011),” Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said of
the net revenue increase of $4 million for the first 11 months
of the fiscal year.
Wood presented comparison figures to commissioners during a
night meeting Sept. 12.
Revenue increased by $1,364,010 from 2010 to 2011 and expenses
decreased $2,720,348 for the net increase of $4 million.
“We have three payrolls in September, so we’ll have to see how
we end up,” Wood said.
Delinquent tax collector attorney Jeff Brown reported that
Kaufman County Justice of the Peace collections for the four
county precincts are $1,748,814.41 for the first 11 months for
the fiscal year.
“This is an increase of $554,505.68 from the same period last
year,” Brown explained.
“JPs and constables are doing what they said they were going to
do when they were elected. I am very proud of them,” Brown
The court heard from Kaufman County’s Children’s Shelter
director LaReta Williams that the shelter’s numbers have been up
since April and May.
“We are hearing more from some counties that we have not heard
from in a long time,” Williams explained since the funding for
family subsidies have been stopped.
“CPS (Child Protective Services) says that there is a severe
shortage of foster homes. Foster homes are requesting children
by ages more than by family groups,” Williams said.
There are children with physical disabilities that foster homes
do not want, Williams said and the shelter has been denied
licensing for housing those with disabilities.
“I think we can meet most of the non-compliant issues without a
lot of money,” Williams explained when she told the
commissioners that she may call on them to send manpower to do
Williams told the court that Wendy Thomas, of Tomas Protective
Services, joined the board, but that there are still four open
board member positions.
County treasurer Johnny Countryman told the court he is up $3
million in the bank as of Aug. 31, whereas he was down $1
million this time last year.
“I do not think we need to talk to the bank for a loan like we
did last year,” Countryman said also noting that there are three
payrolls in September.
The court voted to accept the county’s 2011 appraised property
values of $8,699,857,948 and 2011 taxable values of
$5,846,040,592 for non-road and bridge and $5,845,632,752 for
road and bridge.
“I ran this by the judges,” Wood said when he told the
commissioners that the state reduced the jury duty reimbursement
pay by $6.
The court voted to pay $6 for the first day of jury duty and $34
per day after the first day beginning Oct. 1.
The current pay is $40 per day after the first day.
Wood also reported the county received a letter from Texas
Department of Transportation that federal funding had been
approved for repairs to various bridges throughout the county.
Kaufman County’s representative to the Texas Indigent Health
Care Association Desiree Pool asked for her resolution to join
the association be pulled from the consent agenda items.
“I was at a conference last week and today (Sept. 12) was very
busy for me and this will give me time to get information
together for you,” Pool explained as the court agreed to her
In other business, commissioners:
• accepted Kaufman County Emergency Services District #5
Financial Statement Report.
• appointed Ed Farow as supervisor and director of Kaufman
County Levee Improvement District No. 6 to replace Eugene B.
• accepted Kaufman County Emergency Service District No. 2
• paid bills totaling $1,306,550.65.
Optimist Club wears a frown
Terminates lease with city on park
By Erik Walsh
SEVEN POINTS–A 20-year chapter in the history of Seven Points is
coming to an end this month.
The Optimist Club is giving up its care of the city park, where
baseball fields have been named after a longtime city judge,
where families have held reunions and parties and where toddlers
have had a safe and inviting place to play.
These are the facilities The Optimist Club have maintained and
made improvements to over the years for the youth of the
Danny Hampel, a representative from the Cedar Creek Optimist
Club, announced to the city council Sept. 8 that the Optimist
Club is “terminating its lease with the City of Seven Points for
the use of the park and civic center.”
The letter Hampel read stated the club does not “have the funds
available to continue this community service.”
The mood of the council room was one of disappointment as Hampel
read the letter.
Hampel told The Monitor that since the opening of the electronic
bingo parlor in Gun Barrel City and the ultimate closing of the
bingo hall in Seven Points, from which the club derived the
majority of its funding, keeping up with expenses at the park
had become impossible.
In year’s past, The Optimist Club has also made substantial
contributions to the students of Tool Elementary.
The terminated lease will be signed over to the City of Seven